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Miramonte Attendance More Than 80 Percent Friday

All of the school's 120 employees were replaced after two teachers were arrested, charged with lewd acts against students

By Lolita Lopez and John Simerson
|  Friday, Feb 10, 2012  |  Updated 11:13 PM PDT
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Things seemed to be slowly getting back to normal on Friday at Miramonte Elementary School, one day after the school reopened with an entirely new staff.

Things seemed to be slowly getting back to normal on Friday at Miramonte Elementary School, one day after the school reopened with an entirely new staff.

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A Long Week for Students, Parents and Faculty at Miramonte

For the kids at Miramonte Elementary, Friday was their second day back inside a classroom since the teacher turnover. Attendance was up as everyone tried to get back to normal.
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Things seemed to be slowly getting back to normal on Friday at Miramonte Elementary School, one day after the school reopened with an entirely new staff.

All of the school’s 120 employees were replaced, and social workers brought in to help deal with the transition.

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In all, there appears to have been a general boost of confidence.

There was 87 percent attendance on Friday, according to the L.A. Unified School District. That’s nearly a 20 percent spike from the day before.

While many parents were still collecting signatures to bring back their old teachers, gone were the protests.

Maria Gervacio kept her third grader Kevin at home Thursday when the school reopened, but decided to bring him to school on Friday.

"It’s kind of weird," Gervacio said. "It’s our old school, but it looks different because it’s different personalities."

An investigation following the arrests of two former teachers accused of lewd conduct with students led to the sweeping changes. Those changes included a new teacher for Gervacio’s son.

"Well he told me she was funny (and) that she's happy to have him," Gervacio said.

Five families requested transfers following the scandal, that’s out of nearly 1,500 students, the district reported. Arianna Perez is one of those parents who filed transfer papers for her two sons.

Perez believed she made the right decision, but said her youngest son Omar has more adjusting to do.

"I'm starting to miss my classmates," Omar said. "And I really like my teacher. He was nice."
 

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